Thursday, 9 August 2012

Selena Blake UK Blog Tour and Giveaway

Welcome everyone to the Loose Knickers edition of the Selena Blake UK Blog Tour, so what do I have for you today?


Author: Selena Blake
Series: Stormy Weather Book 5
Genre: erotic paranormal romance
Keywords: werewolf, werecoyote, blizzard
Length: novella (40,000 words)
Heat level: erotic

Synopsis:
Kendall Carver knows one thing for sure – security doesn’t last. Injured and on the run, a sinfully handsome stranger saves her life.

Cajun werewolf Burke Devereux learned his lesson 200 years ago. No humans, ever. No looking, no touching, no kissing and certainly no making love. Eager to escape his Pack’s matchmaking attempts he heads for his cabin. But nothing could have prepared him for the raging blizzard or the beautiful woman begging for his help.

 Burke’s always prided himself on his self control but as things get cozy, desire sparks and old secrets are brought to light. He must decide how far he will go to protect her.

Extract:

The car came out of nowhere, horn blaring, bright lights reflecting off the curtains of falling snow. Burke Deveraux let out a curse as a streak of red passed him on the left. His wipers swiped across the windshield, trying furiously to keep the thick snow at bay. Didn't that lunatic driver realize they were in the middle of a blizzard? On a mountain road?

The tires of his Land Rover slipped on the icy slush, despite the snow chains, and his hands tightened on the wheel. Just ten more miles of four to six percent grade and he'd be to the cabin. Give or take a few. He'd driven this road for years, but with all the white stuff coming down, it was hard to gage exactly where he was. The only thing that mattered was that he was long gone from Louisiana and whatever was in the water.

The was no other explanation for four devoted bachelors to all find love in the span of five months. And while he was happy that they'd found their mates, and couldn't wait to become an uncle, he much preferred his bachelor lifestyle.

His brother and cousins had started talking about him finding his mate the moment Andre and Juliette had gotten back together. And over the last few weeks, they hadn’t let up. Even the women were in on it. The moment his favo-rite ski resort had announced an early season opening he'd high tailed it out of there.

Burke didn't want a mate.

He just wanted some peace and quiet and to catch some fresh powder. And to forget the memories that clawed at him every time he saw one the wom-en that had infiltrated Deveraux pack.

What he hadn't bet on was the blizzard bearing down on him now.

Or the flash of red that jerked his attention to the side of the road.

He stepped hard on the breaks, trying to avoid the red car and the snow-bank. For a nauseating moment the world was a streak of white. Burke’s hands strangled the steering wheel as he fought to keep the tires on the road.

The antilock brakes kicked in and the vehicle slowed, but Burke exhaled too soon.

In the blink of an eye the tires slipped in the slick snow and the back wheels swung right. Curses rent the air and his luggage rolled around like a pebble in a tin can. Gin let out a startled bark from the back seat.

Finally, when everything was still, the SUV was pointed down the moun-tain. A gust of wind cleared enough snow out of the air that he could see the bright red car half buried by a pile of snow/half dangling off the side of the mountain.

He unclenched his teeth, worked his jaw and huffed out a sigh. So much for a relaxing vacation.

The formerly groggy Labrador was now wide awake in the backseat. Gin let out a deep bark and smacked Burke in the cheek with his tail. He let out another woof, his nose pressed against the side window.

“You all right?”

Gin sighed in that purely canine way that said he wasn’t thrilled with the situation.

The other driver made no move to back out of the dune and Burke figured that the idiot had wrecked his car. He pulled out his cell phone and flipped it open. He'd report the wreck and wait until the wrecker got here. If the wrecker got here.

No signal.

Great. He tossed the phone aside and reached behind the passenger's seat for his coat. Maybe the lunatic in the other car had a phone that would work. Tendrils of snow swooshed into the car as he opened the door. Bracing against the icy wind he planted one boot in the ankle deep snow and then the other.

Tugging on his thick Northface coat he headed down the road toward the other car once again questioning his decision to try to beat the storm. The colli-sion had killed the engine, mangling what he could see of the front end.

Ah hell.

A blonde lay hunched over the steering wheel, not moving. Blood soaked the back of her grey sweatshirt. He knocked on the window and wished he'd tugged on his gloves. The woman didn't move. He peered into the car, looking for a phone, and saw a large purse wedged between her chest and the steering wheel.

He tested the handle of her door. Locked. Figured. The small window be-hind the driver’s seat was shattered, half the glass missing. He reached through the gaping hole and flipped the lock.

Wrenching the door open he checked the pulse at her throat. Still thump-ing. He braced both hands around her neck and the base of her skull and then, as gently as he could, settled her back in her seat and took stock of her injuries.

And arrestingly adorable features. She looked like an angel, a cherub, with glossy pink lips. With a bloody gash across her forehead and...was that a pink streak in her hair? He leaned closer. And a thick purple stripe too.
A fierce wind howled over head, making the trees sway and groan. She gave a soft moan, and then, as if she'd awoken, her body went rigid.

“You're okay, petite. Just relax. Where do you hurt?”

Stunning aqua blue eyes met his for an instant before she closed them again, wincing. The fear he’d glimpsed there shocked him. “Please,” she said, her voice hoarse and barely a whisper. He leaned toward her to hear over the roar of the elements. “Don't let…him…take me.” 




So what did I think? Well you know how I like wolves so I was all over this like wool on a sheep! With it being a novella it is also a great lunchtime or bus to work read- because lets face it a girl need a bit of fun on her way to work! It was an enjoyable read and I always love it when people try to escape matchmaking and run into the person they are meant to be with... can we all say destiny! Dun dun duun. I don't want to say too much as I will do a full review soon (of the Stormy Weather Collectors Edition of which this is also a part) but I will say Burke is sexy and definitely someone you want to curl up with. Just like this book! So if you want to win it you are in with a chance as Selena Blake has kindly offered to give a copy away. Enter and curl up with Kendall and Burke.








Selena Blake writes erotic paranormal and contemporary romance. First published in 2008, her series Stormy Weather has been on the best seller lists and nominated for awards.  She's a fan of action movies, Diet Coke, Milky Way bars and thunderstorms, not necessarily in that order. Learn more about her online at http://www.selena-blake.com or catch her at facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorSelenaBlake or on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/SelenaBlake



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Thursday, 2 August 2012

BDSM Blog Hop and giveaway *adult post*


Welcome to Loose Knickers and Window Lickers, we are really happy to be participating in the BDSM Blog Hop organised by Sorching Book Reviews.

So what are we giving away here at Loose Knickers? That would be Power Play by Eliza Gayle.




She wants the escape. He wants control. They both need love.
Jennifer Croft is at the peak of her career. As a bondage model at Altered Ego she’s become the crème de la crème of the fetish world, ensuring herself a top spot in her profession. The world is her oyster. Her personal life, on the other hand... It’s not pretty. Only her fascination with pain play keeps the ghosts of her past at bay.

After tragedy sends Daegan McKenna to the South for a much needed change of pace, the last thing he expects to find is a closet submissive hiding in plain sight. She’s hot-tempered and in denial -- a heady combination that brings out the dominant looking for a challenge. He’s already loved and lost more than one man should, but the haunted look in her eyes prompts him to make her an offer: he’ll indulge her darkest fantasies, if she’ll agree to give up control. Then he’ll let her go.

Unfortunately the past never stays in the past and old insecurities cause complications neither of them wanted. Soon temporary power play is not enough.


Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable:anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and elements (including/not limited to bondage, exhibitionism, flogging, spanking, voyeurism).

Sounds fun doesn't it!! Well it is, we here at Loose Knickers read it and loved it- you can read Miss Shame's review here. That is why we decided to share the love and share the book.

So, the pertinent giveaway info:

international
ebook format
to be book purchased and gifted through All Romace E-books
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Sunday, 15 July 2012

And the winner is....

Hi everyone!

I loaded the names of those of you who left a comment and answered Lissa's question on her guest post, into the fruit machine randomiser here



I clicked for the fruit machine and let it roll.... this was the result.

June M, your name was in there, the fruit machine just shows three on it's revolve.


And the winner is....

Sarah!

Congratulations, I will let Lissa know and be in touch.

Thanks to everyone who entered.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Lissa Matthews Blog Tour Giveaway!

Can we have a big Minxy welcome to Lissa Matthews who is stopping here with her new book Metling Jane and a delicious recipe for truffles! As you know I love Lissa's books (coughVintercough) and she is a lovely lady I was lucky enough to meet at AAD 2011. Given all of that I jumped at the chance to be part of her blog tour.

Not only that but she has offered one lucky reader the chance to win a copy of Melting Jane, just look out for the question at the end of her guest post!

Over to you Lissa!





Earl Gray and Chai Tea Truffles

Because my friend Minx here is British, I thought it would be fun to find a truffle recipe which uses tea. It's not all that difficult and it adds a unique flavor to the cream and chocolate. Truffles aren't so difficult, either. They are a bit time consuming, but not difficult. They take patience and a little tempering if you have extremely hot or cold or wet days, but once you get the hang of it, they really are lovely to have. To eat. To give as gifts, if yours make it beyond the rolling and taste testing stage. I mean, really. You can't make something and NOT taste it to make sure it's right. After all, what if you DO give it as a gift to some unsuspecting friend and it's ick?

No, you simply MUST taste test. M.U.S.T. There is no way around it. And if you like it, well, you'll have to make another batch to give so that you can keep the first batch and perfect the size, shape, and cocoa powder coating.

Chocolate Truffles with Early Grey or Chai Tea 
   



2 cups dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate (morsels or chopped)
1 teaspoon sugar
2 /3 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons Earl Grey or Chai Tea leaves
Unsweetened cocoa powder (to dust)

Place the chocolate and sugar in a large heat proof bowl.
Add the cream and loose tea leaves in a heavy saucepan, and heat slowly on low until it starts to simmer. Do not boil. 


Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh strainer into the bowl of chocolate and sugar. 


Discard the tea leaves. Stir until the mixture until combined. 
Allow the mixture to cool for a few hours. If you’re in a rush, you can always pop it in the freezer. 
Once the chocolate is set, use a melon-baller or small scoop to scrape up a truffle sized amount of ganache, then roll it into a ball (this is much easier if you dust your hands with cocoa). 
Roll each ball in the cocoa powder. Keep chilled. 
Recipe adapted from Dinner with Julie and Art of Tea

It's me, Minxy... I love this cover!
 
Graham Hall is a twenty-six year old Texan with the job of his dreams. He's just finished his latest travel article and has earned some personal down time. With six months left on his cabin lease in the Colorado Rockies, Graham chooses to stick around and soon finds himself set up with a feisty, down on her luck in the love department candy maker named Jane. Jane hates driving in the mountains in winter and isn't used to being outside the kitchen, but when she arrives at the small isolated cabin and gets a look at it's tenant, she quickly forgets all about that. Jane is tongue-tied and ticked off. She's been tricked. Confrontations, slamming doors, and an extra cheese pizza later, Graham is caught up in Jane's tart tongue and curvy body. She denies her desire for him more times than she can count, and when she finally gives in, she is rewarded with scorching hot sex and a bliss she couldn't have imagined for herself. Graham's persistence and unrelenting pursuit leads Jane to believe that maybe life doesn't have to revolve around chocolate truffles, but rather should revolve around a delicious, well travelled, sexy younger man.

I will be giving away a copy of Melting Jane to one commentor who answers the question... If you drink tea, what is your favorite kind? If you don't drink tea, what do you drink?

Thank you for having me and letting me share a yummy recipe with you. If you wish to find out more about me, please visit me in one or all of the following places: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest

Living in North Carolina, talented, multi-published author, Lissa Matthews, has many loves in her life: Family, friends, NASCAR, football, music of all kinds, cooking, BDSM, and last, but not least, coffee. She loves it so much, in fact, she and those who know her are surprised she hasn’t floated away on a caffeine-induced cloud while giving life to feisty heroines and hunky heroes.


Contest will end 6pm GMT on Saturday 14th July.


Winner will be chosen at random using a randomiser.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Sexy Saturday Plug





Sexy Saturday Plug is a meme hosted at Scorching Book Reviews. On it, they promote a book we've read this week that has really captured our imagination.

This week on Sexy Saturday Plug, I (Miss Minxy) am plugging ... what I am currently reading!

COWBOYS!! I am working my way through the series... so good!

RODE HARD, PUT UP WET...Workin' up a hot, sticky sweat is pure pleasure with a hard-ridin' cowboy…or two... 


Struggling stock contractor Gemma Jansen swallows her pride and tracks down circuit rider Cash Big Crow to offer him a job managing her ranch. Cash agrees on one condition: theirs won’t be strictly a working relationship. She’s the boss during the day, but once she’s corralled in the bedroom, Cash calls the shots. Despite concerns about their age difference, Gemma consents.

Cash suspects the sexy widow hides an untapped wild streak. He intends to loosen her tightly held reins of control—even if he has to break out his horsewhip to do it.

But Cash is in for a surprise. Gemma proves a rough and ready participant in any leather-n-lace game Cash dreams up.

Between riding herd on his wayward daughter, Macie, and rowdy cowboy Carter McKay doggin' Macie’s every boot step, Cash struggles to hide his true feelings for Gemma except this time, Gemma’s grabbed the bull by the horns and she’s playing for keeps.

Summer’s going to be a hot one at the Bar 9.

Warning: This book contains: explicit sex nine ways til Sunday including ménage a trois, inventive use of ropes, naughty girls getting spanked, stubborn men getting hog-tied, graphic language and whoo-wee! hot nekkid cowboy action.



Monday, 2 July 2012

Miss Shame Speaks: Power Play Reviewed (Adult Content)

Hi everyone and welcome to the first (and hopefully not the last) guest post by my good friend Miss Shame. She has kindly reviewed Power Play by Eliza Gayle... so over to you Shame.


By Eliza Gayle
She wants the escape. He wants control. They both need love.
Jennifer Croft is at the peak of her career. As a bondage model at Altered Ego, she’s become the crème de la crème of the fetish world, ensuring herself a top spot in her profession. The world is her oyster. Her personal life on the other hand… It’s not pretty. Only her fascination with pain play keeps the ghosts of her past at bay.
After tragedy sends Daegan McKenna to the South for a much needed change of pace, the last thing he expects to find is a closet submissive hiding in plain sight. She’s hot-tempered and in denial — a heady combination that brings out the dominant looking for a challenge. He’s already loved and lost more than one man should, but the haunted look in her eyes prompts him to make her an offer. He’ll indulge her darkest fantasies, if she’ll agree to give up control. Then he’ll let her go.
Unfortunately, the past never stays in the past and old insecurities cause complications neither of them wanted. Now temporary is not enough.
I found this book to be a great read. It was fast paced and the characters were very engaging.

This was my first foray into the world of BDSM and I found it to be quite fascinating. The book centers around Jennifer, a bondage model who has taken care of herself since an early age and is extremely independent and closed off emotionally. This attitude is what has helped her to climb to the top in her modeling career. Then she meets Deagan, the dark sexy Dom who feels drawn to her like no other woman before. he sees in her a woman who needs a guiding hand in order to find the happiness she secretly desires. And he wants to be the one to give it to her.

 One night after a show Jennifer and Deagan find themselves thrown together and by the end of the night she finally agrees to become his submissive, yet her fears have her fighting him at every turn. Even when she admits, even if only to herself, that being with him she finally feels the freedom to be happy. Unfortunatley, they both have secrets that neither is willing to share right away and this creates more problems for the new relationship. When secrets are revealed it pushes them both to their limits and forces them to decide what it is they both want from the other.

 I really enjoyed this book. It showed me a quick picture of the inner working of a world I only knew basic information about. While I don't see myself running out to become someone's submissive (I'm far too strong willed in my opinion) I can see how and why these relationships do work for some. I look forward to reading, and learning, more from Ms. Gayle in the future.


I give Power Play by Eliza Gayle 4 out of 5 stars 


Miss Shame

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Sexy Saturday Plug




Sexy Saturday Plug is a meme hosted at Scorching Book Reviews. On it, they promote a book we've read this week that has really captured our imagination.

This week on Sexy Saturday Plug, I (Miss Minxy) am plugging ...

The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
First in an all-new series where seductive danger and steampunk adventure abound in the gritty world of the Iron Seas. 
After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power-and fear-of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession.
But when Mina uncovers the victim's identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans-and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen, as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.


I heard all about this book last year at AAD, where I was also luck enough to meet Meljean Brook. I finally got round to reading it this week, and I lapped it up.

Already bought the next one!

They are such a mismatched couple that it works, he knows what he wants and intends to keep it, she has no intention of giving up her freedom. LOVED it! Review coming soon.
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